Knowing little of either band on this split, I immediately like what I heard when I was contacted by Fhoi Myore’s drummer about a review for their new split with Pestiferum. Over the top and melodic, ‘La Forme Creatrice Du Chaos / Le Chaos Religieux’, is blast beat dream come true, violent as fucking hell until the last note.

Album opener from Fhoi Myore, ‘Blood, Flesh and Bones’ is straight to the point, piercing the vital organs with precision and ease. With ‘Beyond the Multiverses’, we have two guitars ripping the listener’s head in two with semi-melodic harmonies that really got me digging this band. Over the course of a mere four tracks, Fhoi Myore clock in at just over half an hour of music…songwriting, vision and direction are all well represented here. Mix ceaseless and hateful drum battery with snarling vocals, the aforementioned guitars and epic, six minute plus smothering black metal ambiance equals an extremely intimidating sound from these French mother fuckers. Headlining bands should take this as a warning…

Not afraid of having to weigh in against a quartet as merciless as just described, Pestiferum bring their own unique sound to the slaughter with four rituals of their own. A little more bottom end is present with these recordings, along with a more dry and raw guitar and vocal sound resulting in a more live, organic sound. Nonetheless impressive, the guitars weave in and out of the vocal patterns on tracks like ‘Nazareth En Flammes’, commenting on the prophetic words of the vile vocalist. ‘Pures, Ardentes, Et Immortelles’ is a slow, hypnotic dirge, contrasting the more uptempo tracks. Here, the guitar lead the listener down a dark hallway, blind and bound, trembling with fear and nausea. What I like most about this sound is that less really is more. No cavernous reverb is to be heard, no four part guitar harmonies or pitch shifted vocal manipulation. This is unaltered, primal and instinctual emotion captured, caged and re-experienced. Has it been done before? Of course! Has it been done so well in so long? Not that my ears have heard…

Released on CD in collaboration with Ossuaire Records. Now, stop reading and start listening!